1st Brigade Band
In 1864 eighteen men from the Brodhead Band, Brodhead, Wisconsin, enlisted in the Union Army as the Band of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps. They left their rural Wisconsin homes to march with General William T. Sherman in the campaigns of Northern Georgia and the Carolinas. Quickly becoming one of Sherman's favorite musical organizations, he later were referred to them as "the model band" for his entire army. Their duty culminated at the Grand Review in Washington D.C. where they were the only band (out of hundreds participating) that was cited in the newspapers for "neatness of dress, excellence in military bearing and the fine music discoursed". The tradition of excellence that these men created, more than 130 years ago, lives on today as the mem- bers of Wisconsin's 1st Brigade Band, now located in Watertown, Wisconsin, MAKE HISTORY LIVE. The current Band breathes life into history by presenting authentic music performed on antique instruments. Attired in period uniforms and gowns, the Band's musicians, color guard and vivandieres take their audiences back to the 1860's, to that turbulent era known as the Civil War. A nostalgic portrayal of the atmosphere of days long gone by is generated by a unique form of showmanship that blends the sights and sounds of the period with historical accounts, anecdotes, tales and legends.
Vourteque is one of America's quickly rising stars in the electro swing and neo-vaudeville communities. Musician, producer, remix artist, DJ, carny and ringmaster - Vourteque entertains and wows crowd from Los Angeles to New York. He's one of the mind behind Chicago's Rouge! electro swing night, a Do312 nightlife awards nominated monthly that's featured guests such as Good Co., Lord Justice and Dutty Moonshine. Vourteque's sound can best be described as a cross behind the more house and disco influenced European style of electro swing but injected with a good dose of good ol' American industrial, techno and gothic blues. His single, Whiskey Drinker, has gotten acclaim and plays throughout the internet, and his first release, The Swing Mechanical, still sells robustly two years out and can be found on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Beatport and more. He's played for a wide variety of promoters and shows, from The Steampunk Ball in Tampa and The Anachronism in New York to being a favorite dj at Detroit's Theatre Bizarre show three years in a row now. He's been described as one of the best steampunk and electro swing DJs in the United States and has never left a crowd feeling let down. He's currently working on a full length album featuring collaborations with Professor Elemental, Sabrina Chap, Carey Rayburn of Good Co, Joe Harbinson and Alex Johns of Ford Theatre Reunion and, of course, Mr. Automatic whom he frequently performs and produces with.
Unwoman is a cellist-singer-songwriter featured at Steampunk conventions and other major events all over the US, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2013 she received the Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Award for Best Solo Musician. She has produced and published nine full albums. Unwoman has also collaborated with Abney Park, Amanda Palmer, Rasputina, Voltaire, Stripmall Architecture, and many other acts. In 2014 she announced a new dark noisepop collaboration with Matt Fanale (Caustic) called Beauty Queen Autopsy, currently kickstarting their full-length debut.
The Sons of Temperance
The 19th Century sound of ringing banjos, clacking bones, rythmic bass and the jolly tamboreen playing somber murder balads, jaunty minstrel tunes, celtic drinking songs. All served up in a little brown jug. The Sons of Temperance are Fancey Ben on Bass, Doc Parker on Banjo and Sy Libby Clacking the Bones.
The Gin Rebellion
The Gin Rebellion is the musical collective formed by the dapper dandies H.M. and Renfield, joined by Ophelia Baptista, performing music in a manner never before heard in this century or any other. They draw their inspiration from Vaudeville, early American folk, musical theater, and various regions of Eastern Europe. H.M. brings a trained musical background to the group, studying music since childhood and offering dark, humorous, or romantic narratives in lyric. Renfield is the most varied in instrumental prowess, switching from guitar to banjo, mandolin to accordion in a truly Weill manner. Ophelia Baptista brings deeply meaningful and complex narratives that are as universally relatable as they are beautifully written. This diversity of style and background brings forth a cultural and stylistic mix that melds into our veritable assault of melodic noise designed to soothe and salve even the most savage of souls.